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Darlington Raceway wins NMPA Myers Brothers Award
LAS VEGAS -- Darlington Raceway moved forward by going back in 2015. NASCAR's first paved superspeedway paid homage to stock car racing's past when it launched a "throwback" program for this year's Bojangles' Southern 500 , and the move proved to be one of the most talked about, most popular events of the year. So much so that the program has earned the track the National Motorsports Press Association's 2015 Myers Brothers Award. The award was announced Thursday during the annual NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers luncheon at the Wynn Las Vegas. Presented annually by the NMPA, the Myers Brothers Award is named in honor of former NASCAR competitors Billy and Bobby Myers . Its' purpose is to recognize individuals and/or groups who have provided outstanding contributions to the sport of stock car racing. Others receiving votes for this year's award were four-time series champion Jeff Gordon and 2015 Sprint Cup champion Kyle Busch . Darlington Raceway has hosted one or more NASCAR premier series events since 1950. The Southern 500, which returned to its long-held Labor Day weekend date this past season, is considered one of the series' "crown jewel" events. RELATED: Best throwback images " See all the Darlington paint schemes More than 30 cars in this year's 43-car field featured throwback schemes, honoring everything from long-time sponsors to drivers and popular paint schemes from the early 1970s. Several teams got in the act by wearing crew uniforms similar to those worn at the time; concession stand fare included items that were offered at the time and tickets in some sections were even priced similar to that specific time period. Even television partner NBC got in the act, bringing back former announcers Ken Squier and two-time champion Ned Jarrett to call a portion of the race from the broadcast booth. Jarrett’s son, Dale -- a former series champion as well -- joined his father in the booth, marking the first time the two had called a race together. RELATED: Legends in the booth " How Darlington idea came together Track President Chip Wile said at the time that the throwback program is "a five-year platform; this isn't a one-year deal. "We felt like if we could get eight or 10 teams on board to really showcase what we're trying to accomplish, we felt like in 2016 we could get more, in 2017 we would get more and so on," he said. "But the response that we've gotten from everyone in the industry has been incredible." Myers Brothers Award Winners 2015, Darlington Raceway ; 2014, Dale Earnhardt Jr .; 2013, Tony Stewart ; 2012, Jeff Gordon ; 2011, Drs. Joseph & Rose Mattioli; 2010, Jim Hunter; 2009, Barney Hall; 2008, Thomas Taylor Warren; 2007, Bill France Jr.; 2006, Benny Parsons; 2005, Rusty Wallace; 2004, Kyle and Patti Petty; 2003, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.; 2002, Mike Helton; 2001, Dale Earnhardt; 2000, Kyle Petty; 1999, Junie Donlavey; 1998, T. Wayne Robertson; 1997, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.; 1996, Rick Hendrick; 1995, TNN: The Nashville Network; 1994, Brickyard 400/ Indianapolis Motor Speedway ; 1993, Goody’s Manufacturing Co.; 1992, Richard and Lynda Petty; 1991, Harry Gant; 1990; Dick Beaty; 1989, Bill France Jr.; 1988 Richmond International Raceway ; 1987, ESPN; 1986, Hayride 500; 1985, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.; 1984, Charlotte Motor Speedway ; 1983, CBS-TV; 1982, Motor Racing Network; 1981, Junior Johnson; 1980, STP & Champion Spark Plug Co.; 1979, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.; 1978, Busch Beer; 1977, First National City Travelers Checks; 1976, Junior Johnson; 1975, Bill France Sr.; 1974, H. Clay Earles; 1973, Wood Brothers; 1972, Winston Cigarettes; 1971, Richard Petty; 1970, Richard Howard; 1969, David Pearson; 1968, Wood Brothers; 1967, Richard Petty; 1966, Norris Friel; 1965, Ned Jarrett; 1964, Richard Petty; 1963, Marvin Panch; 1962, Hank Schoolfield; 1961, Ned Jarrett; 1960, Russ Catlin; 1959, Lee Petty; 1958, Bob Colvin.
Myers Brothers Awards filled with honors, laughs
RELATED: Chip Wile accepts award " Clay Campbell receives award LAS VEGAS -- A packed and enthusiastic crowd filled the Encore ballroom at the Wynn Las Vegas for Thursday's annual NMPA Myers Brothers luncheon. Darlington Raceway earned the big namesake award, and NASCAR's full slate of Chase drivers and other dignitaries enjoyed Day 4 of the sport's championship celebration week. NASCAR Chairman Brian France opened the event by recognizing the now-retired Jeff Gordon as a "role model for other drivers" then praised the sport's accomplishments over another news-making season. Calling it a "pivot" from usual remarks, France said he had "never been more excited about the future." He praised the sport not only for its keen technological advances like the Air Titan track dryers used all too often this season, but also noting the sport has raised the level of competition. "We will have an exceptional future,'' he vowed. After the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award nominees were introduced, and videos were shown about the four's charitable commitments, the rest of the day centered on racing awards. Brett Moffitt accepted the Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year award from Sunoco, humbly thanking all the team owners this year who put him in Cup cars (his best finish was eighth at Atlanta) this year. WATCH: Moffitt accepts his award Four-time champion Gordon was mentioned throughout the luncheon with various speakers honoring his impact on the sport. Chevrolet executive Jim Campbell presented a "Lifetime Achievement Award" to the driver, and Chevrolet donated a 2016 Corvette ZO6 to be used as a fundraiser in the Jeff Gordon Foundation. The NMPA Myers Brothers Award was presented to Darlington Raceway as it was recognized for organizing a fun and extremely popular throwback theme at the track's annual Fall 500-miler this year. The Southern 500 returned to its traditional Labor Day date this year. The 2014 champion, and this year's runner-up, Kevin Harvick , won an afternoon high of five awards, including the Mobil 1 "Driver of the Year Award" for his 2,294 laps led and season-best 23 top-five finishes. There was plenty of humor on the stage to go along with the moving tributes. For example, Matt Kenseth , who received the Fastest Lap Award remarked that he was "really looking forward to running full-time next year" -- taking a little jab at his two-race NASCAR suspension for wrecking Joey Logano during the Chase for the Championship at Martinsville Speedway . This year's season champion Kyle Busch was presented with a bottle of "Burnt Rubber" cologne -- a nod to the commercial starring Jimmie Johnson . After accepting the gold car from Goodyear, Busch joked that Johnson could run a heat race with all the gold cars (six) he's received. WATCH: Busch admits his wife loves his smell Busch's crew chief Adam Stevens, who received the top crew chief award from Champion, joked that he was also an "unlicensed psychologist and weatherman" in his work leading Busch's team, referencing the weather posing numerous challenges throughout the 2015 season. Denny Hamlin was the only one of the 16 Chase drivers not in attendance. Instead, he is recovering from No. 30 surgery to repair his right knee. He tore his anterior cruciate ligament while playing recreational basketball back in September. Camping World Truck Series champion Erik Jones filled in for Hamlin Thursday afternoon when the Chase drivers drove down the Las Vegas Strip doing burnouts for thousands who lined the city's famous streets. Here is the complete list of Thursday’s award winners from the NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Awards Luncheon: · NMPA Myers Brothers Award: Darlington Raceway · Buddy Shuman Award: Clay Campbell, President Martinsville Speedway · NASCAR Marketing Achievement Award: Sunoco · Chevrolet Lifetime Achievement Award: Jeff Gordon · 3M Lap Leader Award: Kevin Harvick · American Ethanol Green Flag Restart Award: Kevin Harvick · Coors Light Pole Award: Joey Logano · Duralast Brakes "Brake in the Race" Award: Kevin Harvick · Freescale "Wide Open" Award: Kevin Harvick · Goodyear Tires Award: Kyle Busch · Ingersoll Rand Power Move Award: No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet team · MAHLE Clevite Engine Builder of the Year Award: Sam Vernatter, Hendrick Engines No. 4 team · Mechanix Wear Most Valuable Pit Crew Award: Stewart-Haas Racing No. 41 team · Mobil 1 Driver of the Year Award: Kevin Harvick · MOOG Steering & Suspension Problem Solver of the Year Award: Greg Ives, crew chief No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports team · Sherwin-Williams Fastest Lap Award: Matt Kenseth · Sunoco Diamond Performance Award: Kyle Busch · Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award: Brett Moffitt · Champion Sponsor Award: Mars, Inc.
Chip Wile accepts 2015 Myers Brothers Award
Darlington Raceway President Chip Wile accepts the 2015 National Motorsports Press Association Myers Brothers Award.
Myers recalls win No. 76 from the No. 3 pit
Danny ‘Chocolate’ Myers , longtime fueler for Dale Earnhardt, recalls the 2000 Winston 500 from pit road with the No. 3 crew as Earnhardt charged to the front and captured his 10th Talladega checkered flag.
Harvick, Earnhardt Jr. honored at Myers Brothers Awards Luncheon
Dale Jr. wins Myers Brothers Award, Harvick earns seven honors DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.– In recognition of his career achievements as a champion driver, team owner and philanthropist, Dale Earnhardt Jr . was named the recipient of the 2014 NMPA Myers Brothers Award, a prestigious accolade recognizing those who have made outstanding contributions to the sport of stock car racing. "This doesn't even seem real," said an emotional Earnhardt after receiving the honor at the 2014 NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Awards Luncheon held at Wynn Las Vegas. "The truth is obviously I’m extremely humbled by this award, but I feel like I share it on so many levels - my sister Kelley (Earnhardt Miller) along with everyone at JR Motorsports is as deserving of this as anyone. I have a lot of passions with NASCAR, but I wouldn't be able to know how to make them realities without all those folks." An accomplished driver, evidenced by his 23 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories and two NASCAR Nationwide Series championships, Earnhardt was cited just as much for his achievements outside his No. 88 Chevrolet, namely as the owner of JR Motorsports and a tireless community benefactor. This season, JR Motorsports driver Chase Elliott became the youngest competitor to win a NASCAR national series championship after clinching the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series title. The 18-year-old will likely join Brad Keselowski , Aric Almirola , Danica Patrick and Cole Whitt as Sprint Cup regulars who have developed under Earnhardt full time at the Nationwide level. In addition to his Nationwide Series program, Earnhardt contributes to racing at its grassroots levels, fielding Late Model or Street Stock cars since founding JR Motorsports. His Late Model drivers Josh Berry and William Byron finished first and second, respectively, this season in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Hickory Motor Speedway. Earnhardt's work extends off the track into the community. He has made 235 appearances on behalf of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a number that ranks in the top five among professional athletes. Furthermore, his Dale Jr. Foundation raised $913,000 to be distributed to more than 70 different charities. "I'm just as proud of what we've accomplished there as anything we've ever done on the race track," Earnhardt said about his foundation. The NMPA Myers Brothers Award has been presented annually since 1958 in the names of pioneer NASCAR competitors Billy and Bobby Myers and its winner is chosen by a vote of the National Motorsports Press Association. Past recipients are a virtual who's-who of the industry – drivers, owners, track operators, sponsors and members of the media – and include nearly every current member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Seventeen other awards were given out at the luncheon, spanning from achievements in marketing, performance on the track and exemplary work in the garage. 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick garnered seven honors, including the 3M Lap Leader Award and Mobil 1 Driver of the Year. "This is really the first time I've gotten to stand up here and actually realize what we've accomplished," Harvick said. "Thank you to everyone who has participated in making our sport what it is." Here is the complete list of Thursday’s award winners from the NASCAR NMPA Myers Brothers Awards Luncheon: • NMPA Myers Brothers Award: Dale Earnhardt Jr . • Buddy Shuman Award: Bill Joyner, Sunoco’s Manager of Automotive Events • NASCAR Marketing Achievement Award: Toyota • 3M Lap Leader Award: Kevin Harvick • American Ethanol Green Flag Restart Award: Kevin Harvick • Coors Light Pole Award: Brad Keselowski • Duralast Brakes “Brake in the Race” Award: Kevin Harvick • Freescale “Wide Open” Award: Kevin Harvick • Goodyear Tires Award: Kevin Harvick • MAHLE Clevite Engine Builder of the Year Award: Billy Davis, Hendrick Engines No. 4 team • Mechanix Wear Most Valuable Pit Crew Award: Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 team • Mobil 1 Driver of the Year Award: Kevin Harvick • MOOG Steering & Suspension Problem Solver of the Year Award: Luke Lambert, crew chief No. 31 Richard Childress Racing team • Sherwin-Williams Fastest Lap Award: Matt Kenseth • Sunoco Diamond Performance Award: Kevin Harvick • Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award: Kyle Larson • Champion Sponsor Award: Budweiser • Champion Crew Chief: Rodney Childers Champion’s Week will conclude tomorrow with the following events (all times local PT unless noted): Friday, Dec. 5 • Pit Pass Check-In: Beginning Wednesday, Dec. 3, fans can pick up a Pit Pass at NASCAR fan headquarters, Champion’s Week Live at The LINQ Promenade, and start checking in at various locations around the city where NASCAR partners will feature displays, including show cars. Running from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. each day, check-in locations include Tropicana (Ford), Treasure Island (Daytona International Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway and Auto Club Speedway ), Paris Las Vegas (Las Vegas Motor Speedway), Caesars Palace (Chevrolet), Lagasse Stadium at The Palazzo (Toyota), and Excalibur (Mechanix Wear). • 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards: This black-tie celebration will be held at Wynn Las Vegas, where the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion driver and owner and the other Chase drivers will be honored. The drivers and stars will walk the Red Carpet from 4 – 5 p.m. and NASCAR.com will live stream the arrivals from 4:30 – 5 p.m. FOX Sports 1 will air the show live beginning at 9 p.m. ET. Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will begin coverage at 8 p.m. ET. • Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award Reveal: The Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award will be given to one dedicated NASCAR fan who has made a profound impact on children in his or her community. The NASCAR Foundation will announce the national award winner during this year’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards. Fans can cast their vote for the 2014 Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award winner by visiting www.NASCAR.com/Award before 11:59 p.m. ET on Dec. 4. For more information on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion’s Week in Las Vegas, visit www.NASCAR.com/ChampionsWeek . MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
Dale Jr. accepts 2014 NMPA Myers Brothers Award
Dale Earnhardt Jr. accepts the 2014 NMPA Myers Brothers Award.
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